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Tennis – “Origins”

I spoke with Tennis for the lead music article in this week’s Georgia Straight. It was an enjoyable conversion with a nice person in a good band. I can’t ask for more than that.

The group’s latest single is called “Origins” and it’s totally awesome, with production that’s a lot more lush than the band’s past work. Check it out below.

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Sultry in the summer heat

I wanna hold your hand
When I made my post earlier today, it occurred to me that I never wrote about the recent Tennis single. It’s called “Take Me Somewhere,” and it begins as a peaceful waltz before busting into a bouncy pop rocker halfway through. Okay, so it’s not as gripping as some of the band’s work, but it’s another good cut off of Cape Dory, which is an altogether pleasant album.

I reviewed the band’s recent Vancouver show for the Georgia Straight.

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We didn’t realize that we had arrived

Anyone for Tennis?
What I like about Tennis‘s “Marathon” is that it’s completely straightforward. The opening lyrics—”Coconut Grove is a very small cove / Separated from the sea by a shifting shore”—are so matter-of-fact that they could almost be lifted from Wikipedia. Even the arrangement is almost stupidly obvious, with a ’50s-esque melody giving way to a wordless chorus and snare hits that always come right on the two and the four. It might sound like I’m insulting it, but it’s this simplicity that makes it so instantly charming.

Go to Exclaim! to read my article about the band’s upcoming debut album.

MP3: “Marathon”
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